Friday, March 7, 2014

How To Keep Berries Fresh Longer


I am sure many of you are aware of this little tip but if not there is a simple little trick to keeping berries fresh for days or maybe even a week longer.
I find myself making two trips to the store most weeks because my kiddos can literally eat pounds of fresh berries in just a day or two. This takes a few extra minutes when you get home but the bonus is you might get to buy more up front and skip an extra trip to the store.
Or if you have a hard time getting through the berries you buy, it gives you a little extra time to eat your fruit before the mold sets in.
I was always told not to wash berries until you are ready to eat but actually you can wash them in advance and then grab and go!
Once you get home just submerge your berries in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water.  (So 1 cup vinegar for every 10 cups of water.)
I have actually used up to 1 cup vinegar for 3 cups water so you don’t need to be super careful with measurements.
Some people use the sink and just stopper it but I get squeamish about using the sink since sinks really are pretty germy.
I have a little tub that works great from the Dollar Tree. Just add your water and vinegar solution and dump them in.  Let them soak for just a few minutes and then the key is to let them dry completely.
You can either spread them on a dish towel to dry or set them in a colander.  Once they are dry place a paper towel on the bottom of your container, add the fruit and voila!  You are done.
Pop them in the fridge like normal. What I actually like to do is cut the tops off as they are laid out to dry and slice them and then put them in a Tupperware.  It makes the fruit easy to grab and go (and I am more likely to actually grab it and not a handful of chips!)
This process should be fine for raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.  And you will not taste any vinegar flavor on your berries.

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